Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine BaldacchinoMorris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress

byChristine BaldacchinoIllustratorIsabelle Malenfant

Hardcover | May 1, 2014

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Morris is a little boy who loves using his imagination. He dreams about having space adventures, paints beautiful pictures and sings the loudest during circle time. But most of all, Morris loves his classroom's dress-up center - he loves wearing the tangerine dress.

But the children in Morris's class don't understand. Dresses, they say, are for girls. And Morris certainly isn't welcome in the spaceship some of his classmates are building. Astronauts, they say, don't wear dresses.

One day when Morris feels all alone, and sick from the taunts of his classmates, his mother lets him stay home from school. Morris reads about elephants, and puts together a puzzle, and dreams of a fantastic space adventure with his cat, Moo.

Inspired by his dream, Morris paints the incredible scene he saw, and brings it with him to school. He builds his own spaceship, hangs his painting on the front of it and takes two of his classmates on an outer space adventure.

With warm, dreamy illustrations Isabelle Malenfant perfectly captures Morris's vulnerability and the vibrancy of his imagination. This is a sweetly told story about the courage and creativity it takes to be different.

Christine Baldacchino is a graphic artist and web designer with a background in early childhood education. She lives with her husband in Toronto. She likes cats and the colour orange. This is her first book.ISABELLE MALENFANT was born in the north of Quebec, between gold mines and lakes, in the city of Val d'Or. She graduated with a ba...
Title:Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine DressFormat:HardcoverDimensions:32 pages, 10.5 × 7.88 × 0.38 inPublished:May 1, 2014Publisher:Groundwood Books LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1554983479

ISBN - 13:9781554983476


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great message to share This is a terrific book. The story is great and the illustrations are beautiful. The page turner is the message though. This book will help children to understand how important it is to accept others. It's was a great conversation starter with my own child.
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great book This is a great book about accepting people's differences. The illustrations are lovely, its well written, and it has a good moral.
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartwarming Story Great story to teach kids that everyone is different
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional! I love this story so much, that I not only bought copies for my kids, but for my nieces and nephews, as well. All of these kids are read to on a daily basis, and have many, many books. BOTH of my nieces, when read the story for the first time, said, a few pages in: "I love this story." They certainly don't do this with every book! :) Both asked to have it read to them time, after time, after time.... My own kids, and my nephews, have asked day after day for this book. And it is not hard to see why. The story is beautifully written, Morris is a loveable, relatable little guy, and the illustrations are gorgeous. Every page is completely engaging! The best part is, the important message this book leaves with the readers. Diversity, acceptance, love, and that being you is not only ok, it's PERFECT. Every kid will love this book, and everyone can use it's message! :)
Date published: 2014-05-13

Editorial Reviews

"[R]ather than presenting an overt message about gender identity, the book provides a subtle and refreshing glimpse at a boy who simply likes to dress up." - School Library Journal"Baldacchino doesn't sugar-coat the teasing and isolation Morris endures. . . . Malenfant showcases Morris's full emotional spectrum." - Publishers Weekly"Morris is a complex character whose creativity and personality shine. . . . Sensitive and reassuring." - Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW"[A] wonderfully moving and enriching picture book. Morris is a relateable character whom many readers will find both sympathetic and familiar." - Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW"Unlike some more messagey titles on the subject, this one provides Morris with a personality beyond his dress-loving nature, making him enjoyable literary company." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"First-time author Christine Baldacchino debunks all the shoulds and shouldn'ts of children's behavior merely based on the number of x-chromosomes. . . . Veteran illustrator Isabelle Malenfant imbues young Morris with such expressiveness, from his curious joy to hurt silence to cruel rejection to hopeful triumph." - BookDragon"Christine Baldacchino's story and Isabelle Malenfant's delightful illustrations show how being different is sometimes the bravest thing you can be." - National Post"Baldacchino's gentle story sensitively depicts gender nonconforming children, offering them reassurance and, one hopes, acceptance by introducing other children to the concept." - Booklist